Willow Hill nature park open in Folsom
Willow Hill Reservoir Community Park is unlike any other park in Folsom. The 28-acre property used to be owned by Folsom Cordova Unified School District. Cross country runners from Folsom High School used the trail in the unimproved area around Willow Hill Reservoir, behind the school, to build endurance.
The park is now owned by the City of Folsom. A master plan for improvements was approved in 2006.
On Saturday, March 12, at 9:30 a.m., the city will hold a grand opening and ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of phase 2 of the plan.
“Only one-quarter of the park is developed,” said Recreation Director Robert Goss. The remainder is open for enjoyment of its natural resources,”
Following the ribbon cutting, Folsom Historical Society members will lead free guided tours to narrate the history of the reservoir and explain the significance of various points of interest.
The entrance to the park is on Barnhill Drive, south of Iron Point Road, just east of Folsom High School. The improvements include picnic tables, a fishing pier, restrooms, trail grooming and ADA access from the entrance to the fishing pier.
The park will be open from 7 a.m. to one hour after sunset. Fishing in the reservoir is allowed with a California fishing license. Water craft are limited to self-propelled craft that can be carried, such as kayaks, canoes, inflatables and paddle boats. No unauthorized vehicles are allowed.
Model motor boats are allowed by special permit. Model sail boars and electric boats are permitted during regular park hours.
For more information, call Folsom Parks and Recreation, 916-355-7285.